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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 9:40 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Russia opens early lead on United States

The Russian National Junior Team has gained the early edge on the United States in the opening period of its 2013 World Junior Championship matchup in Ufa, Russia, on Friday.

The host country opened a 1-0 lead just 2:42 into the first when Albert Yarullin one-timed a shot from the left circle off a pass from Nikita Nesterov on the power play. Nail Yakupov also assisted on the goal, which appeared to deflect off U.S. defenseman Jake McCabe in front before eluding goalie John Gibson.

Makarov, an undrafted free-agent signee of the Buffalo Sabres, made an extraordinary stop on John Gaudreau less than a minute before his team gained the lead. Gaudreau broke in 3-on-1 before taking a pass at the right post from J.T. Miller. Makarov slid to his left and denied the U.S. forward with a nifty toe save to keep the game scoreless.

Makarov made 10 saves and Gibson turned aside seven for the United States.

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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 8:20 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Team USA adjusts roster, sets lineup for Russia

Here's the lineup the United States will employ against Russia in its second game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Group B:

John Gaudreau - J.T. Miller - Rocco Grimaldi

Alex Galchenyuk - Sean Kuraly - Riley Barber

Blake Pietila - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman

Mario Lucia - Vincent Trocheck - Tyler Biggs

Jimmy Vesey

Mike Reilly-Seth Jones

Shayne Gostisbehere-Jacob Trouba

Jake McCabe-Connor Murphy

Patrick Sieloff

John Gibson will start in goal, with Jon Gillies serving as the backup.

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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 7:57 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada rallies to defeat Slovakia; two players ejected

The Canadian National Junior Team rallied from a two-goal deficit despite having two players ejected from the game en route to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

After spotting the Slovaks a 3-1 lead when Marko Dano scored his second of the game at the 10:35 mark of the second, Canada connected for five straight goals. Mark Scheifele's deflection with just 59 seconds remaining in the second gave Canada its first lead, 4-3. Scheifele, a first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2011, was named Canada's player of the game.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome, who connected for a pair of goals in the game, completed the scoring in the third. Defenseman Morgan Rielly finished with a goal and two assists for Canada.

"As a team [this win] is going to help us down the road," Rielly told the media after the game. "We understood that each team in the tournament is pretty good and we have to play well every night. Obviously we were put to the test [Friday] and we played well down the stretch."

Canadian goalie Malcolm Subban finished with 25 saves on 28 shots.

"Malcolm was great and there was a flurry in the third where he was great and that's what we need from him," Nugent-Hopkins said.

Subban stopped all 13 shots he faced in the final period against the pressing Slovaks.


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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 6:55 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada rallies to defeat Slovakia, 6-3

The Canadian National Junior Team rallied from a two-goal deficit despite the absence of two players ejected from the game en route to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

After spotting the Slovaks a 3-1 lead when Marko Dano scored his second of the game at the 10:35 mark of the second, Canada connected for five straight goals. Mark Scheifele's goal with just 59 seconds remaining in the second gave Canada its first lead, 4-3. Scheifele was named Canada's player of the game.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome, who connected for a pair of goals, completed the scoring in the third. Defenseman Morgan Rielly finished with a goal and two assists for Canada.

Canada goalie Malcolm Subban finished with 25 saves on 28 shots.

The victory gives Canada two victories and six points in two games in the Group B field. The country will next face the United States on Sunday.


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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 6:24 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada leads Slovakia, 4-3, through two periods

The Canadian National Junior Team has taken a 4-3 lead through two periods over feisty Slovakia despite the absence of two players in its 2013 World Junior Championship match on Friday at Ufa Arena in Russia.

Top 2013 draft-eligible prospect Marko Dano of Slovakia has two goals and one assist. Dano's power-play goal 10:35 into the second had given Slovakia a 3-1 lead before Canada connected for three straight goals, including a pair of power-play markers.

Canada will be forced to carry on in the third without the services of forwards J.C. Lipon and Anthony Camara. Lipon was given a game misconduct after being whistled for checking to the head at 13:39 of the first. Camara was also thrown out of the game after being whistled for a charging penalty on defenseman Patrik Luza at 6:21 of the second.

Camara's hit on Luza, who had his head down while playing the puck in his zone, left the Slovak motionless for a few seconds before he was carted off on a stretcher. He was taken to the local hospital for precautionary measures.


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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 5:29 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Slovaks open 2-0 lead over Canada

After taking Russia to the limit in its opening game of the 2013 World Junior Championship, the Slovak National Junior Team has duplicated that effort in 20 minutes of work against favored Canada on Friday at Ufa Arena in Russia.

Top 2013 draft-eligible prospect Marco Dano has produced a goal and one assist and goalie Adam Nagy has made five saves to give Slovakia a 2-0 lead over the Canadians. Canada entered the game with an all-time 7-0-1 mark against Slovakia in the WJC.

Dano opened the scoring when he jammed home a shot past goalie Malcolm Subban from in the crease 2:53 into the first. Dano fought off a check from Brett Ritchie in the slot before receiving a pass from Matus Matis and sliding home his first goal of the tournament.

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Posted On Friday, 12.28.2012 / 3:56 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada braces for Slovakia in Group B action

Here's the lineup Canada will open with against Slovakia for its second game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship:

Jonathan Huberdeau-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Mark Scheifele

Ryan Strome-Brett Ritchie-Jonathan Drouin

J.C. Lipon-Phillip Danault-Mark McNeill

Ty Rattie-Anthony Camara-Nathan MacKinnon

Scott Harrington - Dougie Hamilton

Xavier Ouellet-Griffin Reinhart

Morgan Rielly-Tyler Wotherspoon

Ryan Murphy

Malcolm Subban

Jordan Binnington

Canada opened the tournament with a 9-3 preliminary-round victory over Germany on Wednesday.

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Posted On Monday, 12.24.2012 / 9:43 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Americans travel to Russia with 24 players

It appears as though the United States will refrain from making its final roster decision at the tournament deadline.

On Sunday, USA Hockey was expected to cut three players from its preliminary roster to get down to the 23-player limit for the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Instead the Americans made two cuts -- defenseman Brady Skjei and forward Stefan Matteau -- leaving the roster at 24 as they boarded the plane for Ufa, Russia.

It is expected that the United States plans to release another defenseman before submitting its final roster to the IIHF before the Dec. 25 deadline.

The delay in announcing the final cut may have something to do with the upper body injury sustained by defenseman Connor Murphy last week. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound blueliner from the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League took a puck to the neck area last Thursday against Sweden and earned less than eight minutes of ice time in Saturday's pre-tournament exhibition against Finland. Murphy did practice with the team in Ufa on Monday. Defenseman Patrick Sieloff was a healthy scratch for the Finland game.


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Posted On Sunday, 12.23.2012 / 8:25 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

United States names captain and alternates for WJC

Leadership will come in many forms for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Just hours before boarding a charter flight to Ufa from Helsinki, Finland, on Sunday, University of Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe received word that he would be named the team's captain for this year's tournament.

Additionally, forward Cole Bardreau of Cornell University and defenseman Jacob Trouba of the University of Michigan will serve as alternates in one color jersey. Defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League and J.T. Miller of the Connecticut Whale in the American Hockey League will serve as alternates in another color, to be announced.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.23.2012 / 2:55 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

USA Hockey cuts two players from WJC roster

Slowly but surely, the U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in the 2013 World Junior Championship is taking shape.

On Sunday morning in Helsinki, Finland, U.S. general manager Jim Johannson and his staff announced the release of two players, including defenseman Brady Skjei of the University of Minnesota and forward Stefan Matteau of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Johannson will need to cut one more defenseman to get his roster to the required 23-man unit. According to reports, the U.S. managerial team is awaiting medical reports on an undisclosed player before making a final decision, which should be made Sunday.

The roster currently includes 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies, including one emergency backup in case of injury.

"We are very close to finalizing our group of defensemen, pending the resolution of a medical situation," Johannson said in a statement. "We are set with our 13 forwards and three goaltenders. The decisions we made [Sunday] were very difficult and are a testament to the talent available to us in the United States."


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